Keeping your smartphone powered and working well throughout the day can be a tricky. As a photographer, you will use your smartphone for myriad things, like taking candid shots, searching for good compositions, sharing shots with people back home, using photo-specific apps like PhotoPills, or controlling a drone. The camera on most smartphones is one of the most power heavy uses of the device, due to the high quality images that smartphones are now able to capture. Smartphone lenses are less well protected from damage and dust compared with camera lenses. So to keep shooting top quality images throughout your travels you’ll need to follow our tips below.
Our iPhones and other smartphones have become an integral part of our lives. We spend a lot of time updating the world with what we’re up to. And so, it is only fitting that we understand how to take care of our phone cameras to capture those special moments, and those awesome photographs and videos. Every beautiful photo is a combination of a great lens and the right technique. Let’s take a look at some lens care and photography tips.
You can learn more about how to keep devices powered and connected while traveling with the following tips offered by our friends over at InvertPro.
Keep Your Lens Clean And Scratch-Free
While people think this is a fairly obvious point, this part is often overlooked. Phones go into pockets with keys, dust, and fabric particles. They are held in the hand exposed to the dust in the environment and have smudged fingerprints on the lens. It is important to ensure that your phone’s lens does not get scratched. It is also pertinent to clean it with a microfiber or soft, clean cloth before using the phone’s camera.
Lighting Is Key
Nothing can be more critical than the need to capture your favorite moments in the right light. The best photographs are clicked in natural light. The phone’s flash adds an artificial brightness to the photos, which results in less ideal outcomes. However, the use of artificial light is not completely prohibited. It is better to have flash than to struggle with a dark photo. For better results, take photos in natural light. Only if it is dark and not highlighting elements, go for the flash.
Use Minimal Zoom
Our phone cameras, though take brilliant photographs, haven’t replaced the professional cameras completely. One mistake people make while capturing photos or videos with the phone is to zoom in on the subject of focus. Most of our phone cameras use digital zoom and not optical zoom. They merely focus at a point in the landscape by cropping into it. This brings the subject closer but completely ruins the end result.
Use The Camera’s Smart Features
Every phone’s default camera app has “modes” you can opt from. One of them is HDR (High Dynamic Range) while Automatic is another. With these modes, you allow the phone to decide the settings that are best for your environment, exposure, temperature, and lighting. A smartphone is built to be smart. Use its smartness.
Don’t Let Your Phone Die
Another important point is not to ignore your phone’s battery life. If you are a photo or selfie fanatic then keep an eye on your battery level and use your phone’s battery saving mode if needed. If you’re likely to have a particularly photo heavy day then carrying a portable battery is probably the best option, as today they are extremely lightweight and can often charge your phone at least a few times over.